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How to Use Your Local Farmers Market to Treat Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Migraines

It is no secret that diet plays a large role in treating many different types of conditions. But in the spring and summer months there is plethora of medicinal treatment options set up at little tables in communities all across the county – Farmers Markets. Farmers markets are the off-shoot of nature’s bounty providing a virtual organic pharmacy disguised by sweet, fresh, and delicious produce. Here are some farmer’s market gems for treatment of Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Migraines.

Fibromyalgia

  • Cherries and Raspberries – Having strong anti-inflammatory values, most red fruits can have a stronger pain and inflammation reduction value that is ten times the average aspirin treatment. Recent studies have also shown that tart cherries can also help with sleep problems that are often associated with Fibromyalgia.
  • Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Broccoli, Collard Greens, and Kale – The local farmer’s market favorites are proven alkaline forming foods. Adding these to a Fibromyalgia diet can also reduce inflammation and help to combat the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which is commonly diagnosed as a co-morbidity with Fibromyalgia.

Osteoarthritis

  • Strawberries, Bell Peppers, and Cauliflower – High in vitamin C and absolute staples to get from any farmers market, produce power houses provide a healthy dose of vitamin C which is vital in the formation of both collagen and proteoglycans.
  • Spinach, Pumpkin, Tomatoes, and Carrots – These market gems are high in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is strong antioxidant that helps reduce the progression of Osteoarthritis.

Migraines

  • Spinach – Especially when eaten raw, spinach contains high levels of vitamin B-12 which is often prescribed as a supplement to help combat migraine pain.
  • Green Beans, Kale, and other leafy greens – These green veggies are high in magnesium, a powerful element that can help reduce tension in muscles as well as help the reaction of nerve and muscles cells.

Whether it’s just to help local economy or a conscious effort to bring more fruits and vegetables into your diet, visiting your local farmer’s market can provide relief for many conditions including Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Migraines. Just by its nature of getting a person outside and moving, a farmer’s market can provide exercise, fresh air, and the added bonus of a growing ‘pharmacy’ to treat chronic pain conditions.

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Natural Treatments for Osteoarthritis, Migraines, and Fibromyalgia

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The Changing Food Shopper

Grocery shoppers today are putting more priority on product quality and convenience factors when making decisions about their shopping. Although, when choosing what stores to visit, shoppers still view saving money and a good price/quality mix as the most important aspects.

43% of primary household shoppers are men. They show preferences for club, convenience and online stores. They also tend to be less price sensitive than women.

The Changing Food Shopper

This infographic was discovered on and originally produced by The New Hope Network.

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Food Scores

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Their mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.

EWG has introduced a new online tool, Food Scores, that scores food on three factors: 1.) Nutrition, 2.) Ingredient Concerns, and the 3.) Degree of Processing. Details on the methodology can be found here.

Food Scores includes 80,000 foods, 5,000 ingredients and 1,500 brands, and has taken more than 3-years to produce. Foods are rated on a 1 to 10 scale, with the best foods scoring 1 and the worst foods scoring 10.

This video explains how consumers are now empowered to make healthier food choices.

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Counting Sheep Coffee

www.countingsheepcoffee.com

 

What does your company stand for?

“We are a run relaxing drink. We want people to enjoy life, but take the time to slow down and relax. Taking time to wind down and relax has a great number of health benefits, and will make your life more enjoyable at the same time.

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What is your most popular product?

“Counting Sheep Coffee – Lights Out! and 40 Winks

 

Why do people love it?

“Anyone who loves coffee, but can’t have it in the afternoon or evening, now can! We use gourmet, naturally decaffeinated coffee (Swiss Water Process) and blend in organic valerian root. The result is a great tasting coffee that actually helps you relax. ”

 

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Rhythm Superfoods

rhythmsuperfoods.com

 

What does your company stand for?

“Rhythm Superfoods stands for superfood nutrition. By that we mean that we believe consumers should have snacks that taste great and are great for you. All of our snacks are Non GMO and nutrient dense… meaning that they have high amounts of vitamins, fiber, protein, etc. They are delicious AND great for you!

Kale Chips

 

What is your most popular product?

“We have two lines of products – our Organic Kale Chips and our baked Non GMO Superfood Chips. We only recently launched our Superfood Chips but they are quickly gaining in popularity. Currently, our most popular snack is our Kool Ranch Kale Chip.”

 

Why do people love it?

“Because it’s delicious, of course!!! Our Kool Ranch kale chip is vegan but it still has that delicious ranch flavor of garlic, onion, and dill that consumers crave. It also has a creamy texture from the sunflower butter and tahini that we use.”

 

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BerryBreeze

www.berrybreeze.com

 

What does your company stand for?

“At BerryBreeze™, our mission is to help people get the most out of their food by dramatically increasing the longevity of its nutrition. In short, our goal is to advance the health, well-being and lifespan of humanity.

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What is your most popular product?

“The BerryBreeze. BerryBreeze is a compact device (5”l x 2.5”w x 5.2”h/9.1 oz.) that filters and cleans the air in your fridge. Using patented technology, BerryBreeze fills your refrigerator with activated oxygen (O3) neutralizes bacteria, mold and other harmful microbes. As a result, your food stays fresh for longer and your fridge smells as fresh and clean.”

 

Why do people love it?

“People love the BerryBreeze because it really works. We developed BerryBreeze to help families keep food fresh for longer periods of time. That lets us reduce the amount of packaging we consume and to use more of the food we buy. We also care about our health – which is why the BerryBreeze is designed to help neutralize harmful organisms like mold and bacteria. It can be hard to keep your fridge stocked with fresh organic food. We know, because we live healthy lifestyles ourselves. We’re not just a company – we’re a community.”

 

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Quorn Foods

www.quorn.us

 

What does your company stand for?

“Helping people eat healthier by making one simple change: replacing meat with Quorn products reduces caloric and fat intake and is much more environmentally sustainable

 

Quorn-NuggetsWhat is your most popular product?

“Quorn Chik’n Tenders”

 

Why do people love it?

“The remarkably similar taste and texture to meat, more so than soy-based products, and very easy to cook with

 

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Go Organics

www.goorganics.us

 

What does your company stand for?

“Go Organics was created to speak the universal language of food. We bring 100% USDA Certified foods from farms from around the world to your kitchen table.

Go Organics launched with a complete line of grocery from South Asia including 36 vibrant spices, 21 assortments of protein rich lentils and beans, 20 different kinds of flours, cereals and whole grains and a variety of aromatic teas.

Leveraging generations of experience in retail, wholesale and import, we will soon be expanding our line to add organic foods from Europe, Middle East, South America and Far East Asia.

With www.GoOrganics.us we are creating a one-stop-shop for any organic pantry staple under the sun. Our online global community of farmers, suppliers and customers will enable exchange of multi-cuisine recipes and ideas, and foster organic lifestyle. So let’s “Get Good,” and “Go” organics! ”

 


Go-Organics-Meal-kitWhat is your most popular product?

“Our most popular products are the meal-kits which comprise of all ingredients required to prepare a complete meal including the recipes with step by step instructions on how to make them. Currently we have 2 meals kits on our site for sale. We will soon be adding more such kits so stay tuned!”

 

Why do people love it?

“A lot of people are familiar with our ingredients but some are either intimidated or are just unaware about how to use them. The meal kits come with simple steps on how to make easy, nutritious and impressive meals using our ingredients.

 

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Has Your Food Been Genetically Modified?

Food connects everything.

It connects us to animals. It connects us to the earth. To connect with another person we share a meal with them. So it’s no wonder that food is the biggest business of all, dwarfing oil, pharmaceutical, and transportation.

Food means big money, and as you follow the money (and the control of agriculture), you discover the bitter secret behind food…GMO’s. (Genetically Modified Organisms)

GMO’s are defined by the World Health Organization as “foods derived from organisms whose genetic material has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally”. To accomplish this requires cutting-edge modern science, using a process that involves changing the DNA of a plant or animal.

As we learned in high school, DNA is the blueprint, the software, the building block of our physical self. DNA was only discovered in 1953, yet science is now so powerful that it can purposefully alter these building blocks to great effect.

To some scientists this purposeful alteration represents a powerful and exciting development, while to others, GMOs are “Frankenstein” foods- dangerous and potentially tragic. The vast majority of scientists and consumers feel it is still too early to risk exposing ourselves and the environment to such untested and unpredictable tinkering. GMOs first came to my attention after my daughter developed serious asthma fourteen years ago.

Asthma is an auto-immune disorder which is very often triggered by environmental toxins. So I became a toxin hunter. And this is where I encountered massive amounts of scientific deceit bolstered by public-relations spin, behind which stood huge corporate profits and the centralization and control of our food supply, with the entire process subsidized with taxpayer money!

A cover-up of all the toxic consequences of eating and growing genetically engineered food was in full swing. And that made me mad.

I kept searching and soon learned that to alter a plant’s DNA, genes are taken from completely different species, or even different kingdoms, and randomly inserted into another living plant’s (or animal’s) DNA: This new living thing takes on new characteristics. An early genetic experiment involved taking genes from a cold-water fish (Winter Flounder) and inserting them into a tomato!

It was thought that this new tomato would be frost-resistant, and that we could then forever after enjoy fresh tomatoes throughout the winter!

Are you seeing the dollar signs yet? This tomato never reached our dinner plates. It was truly a monster, a Frankenstein, a mess.

Despite billions and billions of dollars in research and development, very few advantageous new traits have been created in plants by tinkering with their DNA in laboratories. Despite what you may have heard, GMO plants do not produce higher yields, they are not more nutritious, and pesticide use has gone way up since they were introduced, which is the opposite of what we were told.

The one advantage they really have are government price supports: Uncle Sam will purchase your GMO soy or corn crop for a set price, no matter what. If you plant GMOs you are guaranteed a profit! Now that’s an advantage that has nothing to do with the laboratory.

In just fifteen years since their arrival in our supermarkets, GMO’s have reached a saturation point in the American diet, and the health of the average American is in steep decline. Since that time we have seen skyrocketing numbers of severe food allergies and auto-immune disorders like asthma.

ADHD and mood disorder rates, which many nutritionists link to digestion and gut flora, are increasing. The cancer rate is still climbing and so are nervous disorders like Alzheimer’s. Huge increases in obesity and diabetes can be linked to the ultra-cheap corn and corn syrup supplied by GMO corn.

Many, many studies have consistently shown genetically modified food to be dangerous and unhealthy, and it’s showing up in our health, especially in the health of our children, who are much more vulnerable to the effects of toxic food.

GMO’s have been proven to heighten and cause allergic responses, and a body already fighting one allergy can become susceptible to other allergies- in effect creating an overactive immune system. This is called toxic overload, which can lead to numerous immune disorders like lupus, or chronic fatigue to just name two.

Whether GMOs actually affected my daughter’s asthma is not provable, since no human testing has been done on GMOs. To understand why GMOs have never been tested on humans brings us to the sensitive issue of political corruption.

The Food And Drug Administration is the federal agency tasked with protecting us from dangerous substances. They put warning labels on cigarettes and made the law that keeps them out of reach of children. Yet they refuse to put any warning labels on GMOs.

Internal memos of FDA scientists prior to the approval of GMOs have revealed that many, many warning signals were sounding from the FDA’s own testing procedures. Yet when a major bio-tech corporation (Monsanto) had their own lawyer installed in high places at the FDA, (Michael Taylor) the approval for GMOs was fast-tracked.

George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama are all complicit in this, as they all were responsible for FDA appointees. Even Al Gore is a huge supporter of GM foods.

Monsanto, which has a terrible history of corporate criminality, and is primarily a chemical making company, was effectively allowed to run the safety and approval division of the Food And Drug Administration! GMOs are now in 75% of all packaged and processed food in America.

And it is not mentioned on the label. Terrible allergies are only one concern about GMOs.

Farmer Jerry Rosman describes the infertility he and twenty five farmers in his area experienced in their breeding sows that ere fed GMO corn. Other concerns relate to the pesticides that are used in conjunction with GMOs.

The single advantage resulting from laboratory genetic manipulation has been making certain plants like soy and canola to be able to withstand huge dosing of chemical herbicides. These are broad-spectrum herbicides, like Agent Orange (a Monsanto product) that kill everything- every plant- except the GMO plant. As a result herbicide use has greatly increased, even though we were told it would decrease.

And the main GMO herbicide, glyphosate, is now implicated in numerous human and animal illnesses, diseases and death.

Purdue University Professor Emeritus Don Huber explains his concerns about new pathogenic soil organisms that he believes are generated by GMOs and their herbicides, as well as the infertility issue. A recent study showed that everyone now has glyphosate in their urine! And the pollen from GMO plants can cross breed with pollen from natural plants and contaminate them.

Believe it or not there are even other serious concerns about GMO plants and animals. A different “advantage” conferred on GMO crops is the insertion of a pesticide toxin, called Bt, into every cell of the plant- the idea being that when a pest eats the plant it will die. The idea worked, except we too eat that toxin with every bite. The bacteria in our gut can even potentially incorporate that toxin making DNA into their DNA, making our stomachs pesticide factories.

The idea also backfired as predicted by many scientists. Because of over-planting, some pests are no longer affected by the toxin- they are now officially classified as super-bugs. Super weeds have been reported as well.

All the while, gastroenterological disorders are on the rise. Unhealthy intestinal bacteria are linked to numerous disorders. This Bt GMO toxin is now found in the breast milk of almost every nursing woman in the USA! It is in almost all of us. It has even been found in fetuses.

Peru recently called for a 10 year moratorium on the planting of genetically modified food crops. France just upheld a ban on the planting of genetically modified maize. All GMOs are outlawed in Japan and Ireland.

One of the world’s leading bio-tech companies has completely abandoned the European market due to public and farmer opposition. That company is Bayer, the same company that made cyanide gas for the concentration camps under Hitler. Bayer’s GMO division has relocated to the Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina, finding a more favorable business climate here.

GMOs are viewed with extreme hostility in all of the European Union. If a product contains even a trace amount of GMO material it must be labeled as such. China and Russia have severely limited them, China having just announced that after a seven year long study they will not develop genetically engineered rice.

Not so in the United States, where the vast majority of GMO research, development and production occurs.

GMO alfalfa was just approved, a new strain of GMO sweet corn for human consumption was just approved, and many think that approval of GMO salmon will soon be announced. The FDA has never said no to Monsanto!

Furthermore, Monsanto has been aggressively buying smaller conventional seed companies. And since GMO seeds are patentable, Monsanto can sue farmers when their GMO seeds blow on to a conventional farmer’s fields. With a huge budget for litigation, these small farmers often just start growing GMOs to avoid the hassle.

Organic farming increases yields, but the plants cannot be patented, so there is no possibility for control.

I could go on and on. It is a complicated story with a lot of history and, as you can see, it is taking place all over the world.

The good news is that we as consumers hold the winning cards in this battle. We must refuse to purchase and eat GMO food. If we don’t buy it, they can’t sell it.

This isn’t easy right now because currently, GMOs aren’t labeled.

Boycott GMOs, especially for your children. The simplest way is to cook as much of your own food as possible.

75% of all packaged food contains GMOs. Most of the GMOs are used for animal feed, so try to eat only organically raised meat.

GMO crops are also used for making cooking oil. So avoid cottonseed oil, canola oil, corn oil and soy oil, as these are the four main GMO crops. Since corn and soy are in almost all processed foods, stay away from packaged foods that contain these ingredients.

GMO ingredients are not allowed in certified organic products either. Oh and by the way- my daughter is 17 now, takes no medication, and she hasn’t had an asthma attack in many years.

Bob Klein comes from a family of teachers and healers. He is a songwriter and anti-GMO activist presently studying clinical herbalism and plants in general. His GMO website is schoolfood.info

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Food vs Pharmaceuticals infographic

In our opinion, this infographic created  by Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees and originally found here, should be titled “Food vs Pharmaceuticals” as medicine comes in many forms, including food!

 

70% of Americans are on prescription drugs. We’ve been over-prescribed!  Simple dietary changes can have a dramatic effect on one’s health. A vegetarian diet can reduce blood pressure and eating vegetarian is also cheaper than buying pharmaceutical drugs.

Food vs Pharmaceuticals infographic